Dr. Walter Crinnion began to look closely at why people were experiencing certain symptoms and certain diseases. One common denominator was a heavy toxic load/burden and an overtaxed liver. Dr. Crinnion suggests that people are constantly exposed to toxins in daily life. For example, urban pollution from primarily diesel exhaust is a large contributing factor to cardiovascular disease and he has noticed an increase in heart attacks shortly following poor air quality days.

Disorders, especially affecting the endocrine system like obesity, diabetes, infertility are commonly linked to car exhaust. Another common toxin comes from low molecular weight phthalates found in skin care, perfumes, and plastics is linked to obesity and blood sugar disorders. Typically the more phthalates found in a patient’s urine, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.

Understanding and avoiding environmental exposure is key to helping your body naturally detox. Eliminating your exposure to phthalates is a great place to start because that is avoidable. Dr. Crinnion suggests that every person who is environmentally burdened is deficient in Magnesium. Integrating more of it in your life through food and supplementation can potentially help your body’s natural elimination pathways exponentially. Glutathione is usually a deficient nutrient as well.

Dr. Crinnion shares that the CDC suggests that for 246 environmental pollutants, they found over 120 in the test group they measured. This suggests that toxins are basically unavoidable in today’s environment, further stressing the importance of detoxing regularly.

Walter J. Crinnion ND graduated with the first class at what is now, Bastyr University (then called the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine) in Seattle, Washington in 1982. While there, he had the privilege to have Dr. Bastyr, Dr. Bill Mitchell and Dr. Joe Pizzorno as teachers, mentors and, ultimately friends. Naturopathic medicine is based upon a handful of principles that include: Treat the cause, the healing power of nature and doctor as teacher. He embraced all of the principles and soon began to explore why some patients were not getting better when safe and powerful natural healing techniques were used. He soon realized that the cause of some illnesses were due to an overload of environmental toxicants. Since no one had begun to teach this aspect of medicine in medical schools, he began to search diligently through all the published medical journals and medical conferences to find answers.

Now in his third decade of practice he is considered one of the leading experts in the field of environmental medicine. He started the environmental medicine classes at Bastyr University, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). At SCNM, he received an appointment as professor in 2003 and was able, with the help of a generous grant from Al and Kelly Czap, to start the department of Environmental Medicine which he chaired until 2013. Since 1999 he has been providing six-month training courses for licensed healthcare providers who wish to become more proficient in environmental medicine. He founded the Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine, a specialty board for practitioners in this field that sets standards of care and provides board certification in this area. Dr. Crinnion continues to lecture across North America and Europe at medical conferences where he is a sought-after speaker.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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